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Happy, happy Friday! This week was much better than the last. Tantrums were fewer and we all got a little more sleep. Things are looking up.
I pick up the new iPhone today! I’m pretty excited to test it out this weekend. In case you missed it, one of my best girlfriends is flying in tomorrow for a quick weekend visit. We’re leaving Jim with the kids and staying in Santa Monica for the night. I cannot wait to eat, sleep, shop, laugh, drink, relax, sleep (oh did I already say that??). Clearly I’m just a little excited.
I had a mini revelation this week. Sometimes I see an article of clothing and think I need it. Since we’re being extra cautious with our expenses this year, I am really trying not to make impulsive purchases. By giving myself time, I find I already own something similar. Does that ever happen to you?
I hope you enjoy this first weekend of fall!
Lawson, Sybil and I went on a few fun excursions this week. We checked out Pan Pacific Park, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Grove and Barnes & Noble. Oh and they napped at the same time twice!
A family member asked for our address last week. I quickly sent it off not realizing I forgot to include a key component: our apartment number. I feel terrible about making little mistakes. It’s a good reminder to slow down.
FIND OF THE WEEK:
While at Barnes & Noble a couple of weeks ago, I saw the book “Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls” and took a photo as a reminder to add it to Sybil’s Christmas list. When we were there this week, I noticed they had signed copies available. Since we never gave Sybil a birthday gift, I decided the book was the perfect one for her first birthday. I want her to know she can do and be anything she wants. Since doing a little quick research, I’ve learned the book is the #1 most crowdfunded original book. Pretty impressive.
P.S. In case you were counting, you may have noticed the weekend roundup numbers jumped a bit (really I know no one will notice, but just in case I have to mention it). I finally actually counted them and now it’s accurate. Hey, it’s the little things in life, right?
Before we get into this off the shoulder swimsuit…I always have so much I want to include in my weekend roundup posts and then when I actually go to write them, I forget half of it. So I’ve been making notes and am including it all in one big life lately post. Get ready for a bunch of randomness…
We’ve been in LA for almost a month. I have been pleasantly surprised by how much I like it here. We walk everywhere. I haven’t driven in over 10 days.
After Sybil used my iPhone as a teether, the home button and Touch ID shorted out. I have been anxiously awaiting the new iPhone announcement and placed an order for the 8 Plus last week. I’m so excited for the camera. I pick it up on Friday afternoon!
The improved iPhone camera comes at the perfect time. My girlfriend and I are going on an “Instagram” tour of LA on Saturday. Post-tour, you can find me lounging by the pool wearing this off the shoulder swimsuit, which is currently on major sale (also comes in red and black). I typically shy away from strapless suits, but this one has surprisingly good support.
I quit my job to figure out what I wanted to do next over 3 years ago. And then I got pregnant and had Lawson. And then I got pregnant again and had Sybil. Lately I’ve been thinking about working part-time, preferably from home. I think it would be good for Lawson and Sybil to have someone else care for them a few hours a day. I miss using my brain in a different way and could honestly use a break from them. Not to mention living in LA without any income for a year. More to come on this one…and if you know of anyone looking for an accounting or project management help 20 hours a week, let me know.
I’ve struggled to get into a consistent running routine. Instead of beating myself up about it, I’m giving myself some grace. Until Sybil starts sleeping through the night consistently, I’m just not willing to give up even more sleep to run before Jim goes to school.
Does anyone else feel like they spend a ton of $$$ on groceries? Grocery shopping has gotten to be one of my biggest stressors. Feeding a family of four is expensive! If you have any tips on how to buy organic, healthy foods by spending less, please send them my way.
Lastly, Anthropologie’s jean sales are a well kept secret. They carry some of my favorite brands and the markdowns can be really good. Sizes can sell out quickly, especially when they have an additional promo. I bought these last week when they were an additional 25% off and have already worn them 3x.
swimsuit: j crew (on super sale for $33, also comes in black and red); shorts: zara; sandals: m gemi; hat: cuyana; bag: cult gaia; necklace: maya brenner; bracelets: david yurman (here, here and here); ring: david yurman; sunglasses: warby parker
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Happy Monday! I hope the weekend was good to you. Our weekend was FAR better than last week. Here’s hoping next week is good to us.
I’ve had friends and family ask me how bloggers (also called influencers) make money. I thought I’d talk a little about it today in case you were also wondering.
First off, there are certainly some bloggers that earn an income through blogging. I don’t have any stats, but I’d say they are in the minority and many of them started blogging 7-10 years ago. As for me, I do make a minimal amount (<$1,000 a year). Trust me, I spend more than that on clothes each year. :) Sometimes I get caught up in the desire to make more money (I mean, it would be nice). Whenever I feel that happening, I go back to why I started blogging in the first place. And that’s to share the things I love and that bring me joy in the hope that you might find some inspiration in it too.
Okay on to how bloggers make money…although there are a lot of different ways bloggers can make money, these three are the most common. I’ve included a note on if and how I use them.
- Affiliate Programs: bloggers include a link to products and make a commission when you click on or make a purchase. The most common affiliate programs for lifestyle bloggers are ShopStyle and rewardStyle. ShopStyle pays per click regardless if you make a purchase and rewardStyle pays only if you purchase. The most common way I use affiliate linking is in my outfit posts (either on the blog or Instagram) or product roundups. Affiliate programs are how I make most of my blogging income.
- Gifted Product – brands will send product free of charge in exchange for a blog and/or social media post. I’ve done this a few times (my favorites were these Banana Republic shoes and these Shutterfly party favors). I only accept free product if I truly love and use the brand or it’s a new to me brand that fits with my lifestyle. It’s standard practice to note gifted product as c/o.
- Sponsored Posts – a brand will pay for a blog or social media post sometimes along with gifting product. I don’t have enough views for brands to pay me for posts.
So there you have it…the top 3 ways that bloggers make money. Some other, less common ways to make money blogging are banner ads, event hosting, and selling services or products.
If you have any questions about how I earn money blogging, shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Well I can’t say I’m sorry to see this week go. I think it’s safe to say this motherhood gig is the hardest thing I’ve ever done. I’m ready to usher in the weekend. We’re kicking it off with our Friday traditions – mid morning treats (this week we’re trying out Milk Jar Cookies) and homemade pizza for dinner!
Tomorrow is pretty free of plans other than cleaning our apartment. Sunday there’s a kids fashion show and then a USC barbecue in the afternoon.
I’m slowly weaning Sybil from breastfeeding. She’s down to twice a day – morning and night. She wasn’t that interested in her mid-day feeding so we dropped it earlier this week. She got 2 new teeth this week. 4 more should follow soon, including another 3 molars. The poor baby has been so uncomfortable.
I got my new Simplified Planner this week (thanks Zack for the birthday gift)! I realize 2018 is still months away, but I’m ready to fill it up with important dates and my 2018 bucket list (which will look pretty similar to my 101 in 1001 days).
With the shift in seasons, it’s time to get Lawson some long sleeved shirts and pants. Finding pants that fit him is a huge challenge. He’s tall and thin. He’s been wearing size 12-18 months in his shorts and jeans from last year. They still fall down on him. If you have any suggestions on pants for skinny boys, send them my way!
Whatever you’re up to this weekend, make it a great one! And get lots of sleep for me… :)
One of my best girlfriends booked a last minute trip to visit next weekend. I’m leaving Lawson and Sybil with Jim for 24 hours while we tour the city and stay in a hotel. I’ve declared it Operation: Keep Me Sane. It should probably be called Operation: Restore My Sanity because let’s face it, I’m already gone.
There have been quite a few low points in my role as mama, but instead I’ll go with Whole Foods being out of both green iced tea and donuts on Monday morning when I really need them.
FIND OF THE WEEK:
I’ve only been using it for a few days, but so far I love my new tinted moisturizer from Beautycounter. My requirements are light coverage and SPF. The dewy finish is an added bonus. (Yes, I am a new Beautycounter consultant…more to come on this soon. In the meantime, if you’re interested in the brand at all, let me know. I’m happy to answer any questions!)